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Aug 4: Affiliate Leader News

Information of interest to NAMI affiliate leaders was discussed in the latest affiliate development conference call on August 4th. Attachments referred to in the notes are located at the bottom of the page.

AFFILIATE LEADER “TO DO” LIST                                                                    9:00 AM

  • Leadership Update – If you have not already, please send your current leadership list, including your CIT contact, to Bonnie (, including all email addresses and phone numbers by Friday 8/10. Please also add/ update leadership in 360. (The recipient list for this email and the weekly affiliate development newsletter will be updated before the 8/17 newsletter based on this information.)
    • Need 2018-2019 Leadership List: Albany (have program leaders, please send affiliate leaders), Atlanta-Auburn, Baldwin, Central Georgia, Golden Isles, Hall, Northside, Rome, Savannah, Statesboro, Union
    • Need CIT contact: all except Albany and FDL
    • Please also send a list of Program Leaders/ Facilitators if you have one.
  • Annual Survey – We are preparing our annual membership survey, and we want your inputSee last year’s survey questions. Please take time to review them and let us know what else you would find it helpful for us to ask.
    • While the surveys help us know statewide members better, they also help YOU know your membership better: you will receive a micro-report specific to your affiliate. So please help us help you by providing feedback in the design process! Email your questions and comments to by Tuesday, August 7th at 5pm.
    • The surveys will be sent via email to all members on Friday, August 10th. Submission deadline will be three weeks later on Saturday, September 1st. Please bring awareness to the survey to your members and program leaders and promote participation at all classes and meetings between now and the deadline. Note: there will also be a leadership survey. We are aiming for 100% affiliate participation this year. Please share with your Steering Committee or Board!


ADVOCACY                                                                                                           9:10 AM


NAMIWalks 2018                                                                                                        

Anything Walk related, please contact Rachel Barber, she is happy to help! NAMIWalks is a fantastic opportunity to engage community partners, potential members and volunteers! Spread the word! Don’t forget to engage your local police departments, schools, and faith communities. They can create their own Walk Teams in support of your affiliate. And if they become a sponsor, your affiliate will receive 50% of the sponsorship. Important deadline to note – sponsorship confirmation and logos need to be received by Rachel six weeks BEFORE Walk day.

Please use the attached NAMIWalks flyer (lists all 3 NAMIWalks in Georgia) to promote these events at all of your events: local support groups, education classes, leadership meetings, member education nights, mental health fairs, etc! If you would like a personalized Walk Team flyer, follow up with Rachel – she will create one for you.

Rachel Barber, Walk Manager

14th Annual NAMIWalks Georgia, October 6, 2018

Honorary Co-Chairs: Brenda Wood & Vernon Keenan, Director, GBI
Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta

$42,573.00 Raised of $225,000.00
251 Walkers
67 Walk Teams

NAMIWalks Georgia Kick-off Event
August 10, 11AM at the Georgia State Capitol.

We are almost over capacity, so RSVP today!

Affiliate Affiliate Walk Chair Affiliate Walk Team Fundraising Goal Raised to Date # of Walkers
NAMI Atlanta/Auburn New affiliate chair?? Atlanta/Auburn Affiliate  $ 10,000.00  $ 100.00 1
NAMI Augusta Hillary Gaines NAMI Augusta  $ 500.00  $                      –  1
NAMI Baldwin Jennifer Wagner Baldwin Stigma Busters  $ 100.00  $                      –  1
NAMI Central


Linda Knight Still needs to register online    $                      –   
NAMI Cobb Linda Javadi & Debra Howard NAMI Cobb Stigma Busters  $ 30,000.00  $ 1520.00 20
NAMI Columbus Sue Marlowe & Frank Dunford Steps for Change $ 5,000.00  $                      –  2
NAMI DeKalb Angela Waltower DeKalb Pacers  $ 30,000.00  $ 855.00 11
NAMI Golden Isles (VIRTUAL) Carolyn Tinkham Golden Isles  $ 1,200.00  $ 50.00 1
NAMI Gwinnett Dennis Vincent The WallBreakers  $ 20,000.00  $ 511.00 3
NAMI Northside Robert Gray The Northsiders  $ 50,000.00  $ 5040.00 10
NAMI Rome Jim Moore R.O.M.E.  $ 1,000.00  $ 120.00 3
NAMI Savannah (VIRTUAL) David Lebos & Amanda Evans Still needs to register online    $                      –   
NAMI Statesboro (VIRTUAL) Lois Roberts Statesboro Stigma Striders $1,500  $                      –  1

Congrats to NAMI Cobb and NAMI DeKalb for securing Affiliate sponsors! NAMI Cobb secured Tommy Nobis Center at $500 and NAMI DeKalb renewed DeKalb CSB at $1,000! This is a great way to engage local partners in your community – contact Rachel with any questions.

4th Annual NAMIWalks Southwest Georgia, October 6, 2018

Honorary Chair: Honorable William McIntosh, Mayor, City of Moultrie
Colquitt County Courthouse Square, Moultrie

$10,600.00 Raised of $55,000.00

60 Walkers

17 Walk Teams

NAMIWalks Southwest Georgia Kick-off Event
August 15 – 12:00PM – 1:30PM – Colquitt County Arts Center, Vereen Gallery
Click here to RSVP!




NAMIWalks North Georgia, October 20, 2018

Honorary Chair: Cindy Levi, CEO, Avita Community Partners

Brenau University Amphitheater, Gainesville


Thank you to the leadership of NAMI FDL, NAMI Hall County, and NAMI Union County for hosting this NAMIWalks! The NAMIWalks North Georgia Kick-off Event is scheduled for August 24, 11:30AM at Avita Community Partners – Administrative Offices. To RSVP, please click here:



Affiliate Affiliate Walk Chair Affiliate Walk Team Fundraising Goal Raised to Date # of Walkers
NAMI FDL DeLisa & Nollie Rodney NAMI FDL Heroes for Hope  $              2,000.00  $             250.00 3
NAMI Hall County Gigi Cautino Walk the Line for the Mine  $              2,500.00  $               450.00 6
NAMI Union County Michelle Green NAMI Union County GA  $              2,000.00  $






PROGRAMMING                                                                                                9:18 AM

  • Updated Forms – See Forms and Instructions. Use only these forms moving forward. Please share with all of your qualified program leaders.
    • Updated Programs Authorization Form: includes a few lines to inquire about supplies and other funding. These authorization forms mustbe submitted prior to any class, presentation, group, or any NAMI program taking place in the community.
    • Updated Data Survey: re-formatted and includes same info about supplies reimbursement; gives them the opportunity to submit any receipts.
    • Invoice Form for contractors to use: for individuals to fill out when they request stipends, mileage, and/or supplies reimbursement. Please emphasize that supplies are not always reimbursable. There is a section on the Programs Authorization Form which gives them the opportunity to list out any expenses they foresee, iftheir local affiliate won’t provide or fund the supplies.


  • Peer-to-Peer Train the Trainer
    • NAMI is hosting a Peer-to-Peer Train the Trainer this Fall in Arlington, VA: October 11-14. Registration is now open, but, so if you are interested in attending, contact Yuniko Tonge at


  • Ending the Silence Grants
    • ETS grants are still available! If your affiliate has completed reaffiliation, you may apply for a $1000 grant to provide ETS in your community.


  • Sign Up Now to be a NAMI Basics Teacher! As youth mental health programming is steadily increasing, the demand for NAMI Basics is increasing just as quickly. Several Juvenile Court judges from across the state have requested Basics classes in their areas. If you are interested in becoming a Basics teacher, sign up for our next class (Sept 21-22) and claim your seat today!


  •    Homefront – If there is strong interest for one in your area, please let Yuniko know.


  •    CIT – IOOV Presenters needed –You don’t have to be from area where the class occurs. We will pay stipend and cover travel cost (if you are not already contracted with GPSTC).



  •    Introduction to Behavioral Health and Addictive Diseases (IBHAD)
    • 8 Hour: August 28, 2018: Doraville Police Department, DeKalb County  (register: Kathleen Elmiger at or 770-234-9347)
    • 8 Hour: October 22, 2018: Conyers Rockdale Library, Conyers, 10a – 7p (register: Kathleen Elmiger at or 770-234-9347)
    • 16 Hour: 2 Classes scheduled for Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun, GA. August 22-23 and September 19-20.  Contact: Bonnie Moore (NAMI Rome) at 706-506-8314 or


  • IBHAD class are open to the public, unless specified by agency host. If you would like to schedule this class in your area (great for churches), contact Kathleen Elmiger, First Responder Programs Coordinator, or 770-234-9347


  • Continuing education units now available for IBHAD and CIT-Youth classes for LCSW, LMSW, LPC professionals.  Also POST credit hours approved for law enforcement.


  •    CIT Trainings (Consumer Experience, Advocate) – Expect more GPSTC trainings in 2018. Stipend information will be available at that time.




BRANDING/ MARKETING                                                                                    9:28 AM

  • NAMI GA Social Media—Like Us!


  • Market Classes on Social Media – Having trouble filling a classe? Want to boost support group attendance? Contact Rachel ( to learn about utilizing social media to market them! NAMI Georgia has had significant success with this strategy over the past few months, and now we want to share this technique with our affiliates! We will also cross-promote on the NAMI Georgia social media sites for added benefit.


  • Local Marketing – Send us information on all of your local events (conferences, stakeholder meetings, etc.—traditional or not) so we can help promote them!




REAFFILIATION                                                                                                     9:30 AM


Our next statewide call will take place on August 9 at 11:30am.

o   Call-In Number:           1-712-432-1549

o   Call-In Code:                5 4 6 5 #




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